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2020
December

Head of Zeus in London publishes an anthology We, Robots: Artificial Intelligence in 100 Stories, edited by Simon Ings. One of the stories included is Miss Bokko (Bokko chan).

November

British online magazine Granta publishes Pretty Polly (Kawaii Polly), translated by Eli K.P. William. Its 20 for 2020 project showcases twenty new translations of Japanese literature. Pretty Polly is free to read for non-subscribers untill May 2021.

October

2,339 stories are sent in to the eighth annual Hoshi Awards.

October

Ehime Prefecture Art Museum starts Hiroshi Manabe 2020 Exhibit to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his passing. The exhibit includes many of Hoshi’s book cover illustrations.

September

Talk event by the French translator of Bokko chan is held at Maison de la culture du Japon a Paris in France.

July

Artificial Intelligence Exploration Research Center offers a free online seminar for college students who want to write stories using AI and enter the Hoshi Awards.

July

The Hoshi Awards website offers Let’s Invent Stories video in order to help primary and middle school students write sci-fi stories during the COVID pandemic. The video is based on the writing workshop of Yu Esaka. (The free viewing period ended with the deadline of the awards entries on September 30)

July

Shinchosha selects Miss Bokko (Bokko chan) as one of the eight Premium Covers for its 100 Books of Summer fair. This is the 17th time that Miss Bokko was selected for this annual event.

June

China’s Higher Education Press includes Squion (Rion) in its Japanese Language Course 3. This is a textbook to teach the Japanese language to Chinese people.

June

Kadokawa selects The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robot) for its annual summer book fair, Kadokawa Festival 2020.

April

Kadokawa republishes a collection of essays The Whimsical School (Kimagure Gakumonjo). This concludes the republishing project of Hoshi’s six previously published essay collections: Memorandums of the Whimsical Planet, The Whimsical Encyclopedia, The Whimsical Travel Journals, The Whimsical Et Cetera, Curiosity for This and That, and The Whimsical School.

March

Rohan Prakashan of India publishes a collection of 21 short stories Shinzen Kiss in Marati language. (Actual publishing date was August 2018)

March

Norwegian publisher Cappelen Damm includes A Well-Kept Life (Yukitodoita Seikatsu) in its Norwegian literature textbook for the eighth grade Norsk 8. The Norwegian title is Automatisk eksistens.

February

Fukkan Dot Com of Japan publishes Tezuka Osamu's Birdman Anthology with an afterword by Hoshi.

January

Omake Books of France publishes Bokko Chan, a collection of the fifty best stories from Hoshi’s early career.

January

Kadokawa republishes Curiosity for This and That (Arekore Kokishin) paperback with a new book cover. It is a collection of Hoshi’s essays written between 1984 and 1985.

January

Iwaki city’s Board of Education gives out booklets with a short biography of Hajime Hoshi to the fifth and sixth graders in the city elementary schools. Hajime, Shinichi's father, was born in Iwaki city in 1873.

2019
December

Michiaki Asaba holds the thirty-third Hoshi Yomi Seminar in Tokyo. Asaba, a literary critic, holds the on-going book club specializing in Hoshi’s books every month.

November

Kadokawa republishes The Whimsical Et Cetera (Kimagure Et Cetera) paperback with a new book cover. It is a collection of Hoshi’s essays written between 1975 and 1983.

October

Kagakudo 100 Books Committee selects Hoshi’s short-short collection, The Beginning of the Star (Hoshi no Hajimari), as one of their 100 recommended books to encourage young adults to study science. The committee is comprised of members of the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, and the Editorial Engineering Laboratory.

September

1,878 stories are sent in to the seventh annual Hoshi Awards.

September

Talk event of Marina Hoshi and Sumi Konno is held at Asahi Culture School in Tokyo. They talk about the songs written by Kimiko Koganei and her relationships to brother Ogai Mori and grandson Shinichi Hoshi.

September

Students of Myongji School perform Human, Human! a play based on six of Hoshi’s short-short stories at Tri Bowl Theater in Seoul.

August

NHK Enterprises re-releases The Space City 008 DVD that includes one episode each of Hoshi’s The Spaceship Sirika, Osamu Tezuka’s The Galaxy Boys Brigade, and Sakyo Komatsu’s The Space City 008. All performed by puppets of Takeda Ningyoza between 1961 and 1970.

July

In a new book by Aritsune Toyota The Birth of Japan Sci-Fi – The Writers of Imagination and Science, he reminisces about friendships with Hoshi and other first generation sci-fi writers.

July

Shinchosha selects A Dinosaur Afternoon (Gogo no Kyoryu) as one of the eight Premium Covers for its annual summer fair at bookstores around Japan.

July

Kadokawa selects The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robot) as one of the titles for its summer book fair, Kadokawa Festival 2019. The Whimsical Robot reaches 2.45 million copies.

May

National Theater of Korea performs Miss Bokko - Shinichi Hoshi Short-Short Selection (original title I’m a Murderer) at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.

April

National Theater of Korea performs I'm a Murderer at Baek Seonghui & Jang Minho Theater in Seoul.

April

Shinchosha paperback Miss Bokko reaches 2.5 million copies.

April

Niigata Nippo’s evening newspaper Otona Plus runs a story on Hoshi’s grandfather Yoshikiyo Koganei.

April

Anhui Children’s Publishing House in China publishes five volumes of Hoshi’s short-short collections: The Whimsical Robot, Delusion Bank, The Dream City, Emotion Televisions, and Welcome, Earth!

February

Fukushima Minpo newspaper runs Hajime Hoshi’s biography written by Marina Hoshi for five Saturdays.

January

Ryuzo Torii Memorial Museum in Tokushima holds an exhibition Searching for the Origin of Japanese People that features Yoshikiyo Koganei. Yoshikiyo (1859-1944) is Hoshi’s grandfather, and was a leading anthropologist.

January

Kadokawa republishes The Whimsical Travel Journals (Kimagure Taikenkikou) paperback with a new book cover illustration by Yoshio Hayawaka. It is a collection of Hoshi’s travel journals during 1970’s.

2018
October

Nakosozeki Literature History Museum in Iwaki city, Fukushima, holds a small exhibition of Hajime Hoshi’s books and memorabilia. Hajime (1873-1951) is Hoshi’s father and is the founder of Hoshi University.

September

2,489 stories are sent in to the sixth annual Hoshi Awards.

August

Yomiuri Kodomo News Paper selects The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robot) as one of their recommended books of the year and donates copies to 1500 childcare facilities in Japan.

July

Shinchosha selects Thief Inc. (Tozoku Gaisha) as one of the eight Premium Covers for its annual summer fair at bookstores around Japan. Premium Cover titles include works by Osamu Dazai, Soseki Natsume and Kenji Miyazawa.

June

Ehime Prefecture Art Museum starts the Shinichi Hoshi and Hiroshi Manabe Book Illustration Exhibit. Manabe had worked with Hoshi for forty years as an illustrator. Together they produced many iconic books such as Welcome, Earth! (Yokoso Chikyu-san).

June

Kadokawa selects The Whimsical Robot (Kimagure Robot) as one of the titles for its summer book fair, Kadokawa Festival 2018.

June

Penguin Books of England publishes The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories. It includes Hoshi’s Shoulder-Top Secretary (Kata no ueno Hisho) translated by Jay Rubin.

June

The website for the Reading Sci-Fi Animation project opens. You can now view the eleven animated short films that are based on the Hoshi Award winning stories created by the graduate students of Tokyo Zokei University.

April

Setagaya Literary Museum begins displaying the Sci-Fi World Part Two: Shinichi Hoshi in schools and public facilities as part of its Traveling Literary Museum program. The panels introduce Hoshi’s five stories including Miss Bokko (Bokko-chan) and Hey! Come On Out! (Oi, Detekoi).

April

Japanese Expression, Literature textbook for Japanese high school students by Kyoiku Shuppan, includes Hoshi’s essay A Path to Creation (Sosaku no Keiro) in its revised edition.

March

Dee Ten of Taiwan publishes the second volume of Japanese Short Fantasies that consists of Hoshi’s 13 stories such as A Well-Kept Life (Yukitodoita Seikatsu) and On a Dim Planet (Usugurai Hoshi de).

February

Yahoo! Japan News features Marina Hoshi’s essay The Things You’ll See When You Line Up Ogai, Kimiko and Shinichi.

January

The Bubbles ー The Person who Connects Ogai Mori and Shinichi Hoshi (Minawa no Uta ー Mori Ogai to Hoshi Shinichi o Tsunagu Hito) is published by the Hoshi Library. It is a collection of Kimiko Koganei’s waka and essays. Kimiko is the younger sister of Ogai Mori, and the grandmother of Shinichi Hoshi. (Waka is a form of short poetry consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables instead of Haiku’s 5-7-5)

2017
December

I’m a Murderer, the National Theater Company of Korea’s play based on Hoshi’s 10 short stories, won the 54th Dong-A Theater Award in three categories: Director, Acting and Stage Arts.

December

Bookstores around Japan participate in Shinchosha’s Hoshi Fair to commemorate the 60 years since his debut and 20 years since his passing. The special paper wraps around the books include recommendation words by cartoonists Moto Hagio and Naoki Urasawa, and comedian Hikari Ota.

December

The Christmas concert on the 24th at the Symphony Hall in Osaka, Christmas with Ninth Symphony, offers a reading of Hoshi’s The Crisis (Kiki).

December

Shinchosha publishes The Evolved Monkeys – The Best (Shinkashita Sarutachi - the Best). This paperback is a collection of essays that Hoshi wrote in the 60’s and 70’s about America’s one-frame cartoons. Hoshi was a collector of American cartoons.

November

Dee Ten of Taiwan publishes the first volume of Japanese Short Fantasies that consists of Hoshi’s 13 stories such as The Road to Escape (Toso no Michi) and The Gift (Omiyage). This is a textbook for Chinese speakers to learn Japanese and includes a CD.

November

National Theater Company of Korea puts on a play I am a Murderer that is based on Hoshi’s 10 short stories including Miss Bokko (Bokko-chan) and Men in Space (Uchu no Otokotachi).

November

Japanese children’s clothing company Miki House starts Shinichi Hoshi Short-Short Picture Book Series, each book consisting of two short stories. The first three volumes to be published are: Hey! Come on Out! (Oi, Detekoi) & The Dog in the Mirror (Kagami no naka no Inu) illustrated by Rie Nakajima, The Night We Lost Our Friend (Tomo o Ushinatta Yoru) & The Deal (Torihiki) illustrated by Rokudai Tanaka, The Traveling Circus (Sakasu no Tabi) & Medicated Dreams (Kusuri to Yume) illustrated by Momoro.

October

The Harvest Moon Viewing event on top of Mount Minobu, organized by FM Fuji Radio, includes a reading of Hoshi’s On the Misty Planet (Kiri no Hoshi de) by its DJ Yuichi Mori.

September

2,209 stories are sent in to the fifth annual Hoshi Awards.

September

The Vietnamese publisher, Phuong Nam Book, publishes Mr. N’s Amusement Park (Enushi no Yuenchi) in Vietnamese. It also publishes an anthology of Japanese short stories, The Journey – Japan Exhibition, that includes 10 of Hoshi’s stories such as The Chair (Isu) and The Strange Cat (Fushigina Neko).

September

The Japanese television program, Listen with Your Eyes, starts a monthly new series, Shinichi Hoshi’s Short Shorts by Sign Language. The first story of the series was The Promise (Yakusoku).

August

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan, of which Hoshi was one of the founding members and the first president, becomes a general incorporated association.

August

Shinchosha releases the ebook The Record of My Grandfather, Yoshikiyo Koganei (Sofu Koganei Yoshikiyo no Ki) in two volumes. This non-fiction was originally published in 1974, and is the longest of all of Hoshi’s works.

July

Shinchosha selects Aesop Fables for the Future (Mirai Isoppu) as one of the eight Premium Covers for its annual summer fair at bookstores around Japan. Premium Cover titles include works by Osamu Dazai, Soseki Natsume and Ryunosuke Akutagawa.

April

Setagaya Literary Museum begins displaying the Introduction to the Sci-Fi World Part One: Shinichi Hoshi panels in schools and public facilities in the Setagaya district of Tokyo as a part of its Traveling Literary Museum. The panels introduce Hoshi’s works such as The Last Earthling (Saigo no Chikyujin) and Waaah, Waaah (A-n, a-n).

April

Kadokawa publishes a Tsubasa Bunko version of The Tale of the Bamboo Princess (Taketori Monogatari – Kaguyahime no Ohanashi) for younger readers. This science fiction tale from the ninth century is considered to be the oldest Japanese novel. It was translated by Hoshi into modern Japanese.

March

NHK World’s radio program Short Stories reruns Flower of Prosperity (Hanei no Hana) in 17 languages on March 25th.

February

At Takashi Hamada’s concert in Yokohama, Sound Track of Your Life, actor Seiji Fukushi recites The Box (Hako) with a live performance by an orchestra.

January

With the 90th reprinting, the paperback Heaven with a Demon (Akuma no iru Tengoku) by Shinchosha reaches 1,600,000 copies.

January

This is the 60th anniversary year of the publication of Sextra (Sekisutora), Hoshi’s debut work.


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